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I'm a Boston-area physicist working on Artificial General Intelligence safety research (a.k.a. “AI Alignment”), mostly via thinking about neuroscience and algorithms. For more about that work, click here.

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March 2021–present — Artificial General Intelligence safety research, initially under grant funding and now at Astera. For more details click here.

2015–2021 — Professional physicist at Draper, a nonprofit R&D laboratory in the Boston area. I worked on algorithms, system design, simulations, and trade studies, across many domains including atomic clocks, telescopes, LIDAR-on-a-chip, satellites, brain-computer interfaces, transistors, navigation algorithms, and much more.

2012–2015 — Physics postdoc in Federico Capasso’s applied physics laboratory at Harvard University, doing theoretical and experimental research in thermodynamics and optics.

2007–2012 — Physics PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. My dissertation involved theoretical and experimental research on solar cells, laser physics, and physical chemistry, in Feng Wang’s and Yuen-Ron Shen’s research groups.

2003–2007 — Undergraduate at Harvard University, where I earned a B.A. in Physics and Math. I graduated summa cum laude (top 5% of the class).

High school: I have been a winner of both the USA Math Olympiad and the USA Physics Olympiad, and I won first place nationally in the Siemens Westinghouse Competition with a math project.